February 17, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Economic Stimulus Legislation Reaches One-Year Anniversary

Posted in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, National, Oregon, South Carolina at 11:19 pm by bradhannon

In case you missed it the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or as it is better known the economic stimulus, was passed exactly one year ago today. As of January 29, 84.6 percent of ARRA Clean Water State Revolving Funds were under contract while 82.2 percent of ARRA Drinking Water State Revolving Funds were under contract. However of the $6 billion in ARRA funding for the two SRF programs less than 13 percent of the funds have been spent.

Headlines
Electrical service was restored today to about 150 Department of Water and Power customers left without power in Los Angeles when a water main broke and flooded an underground electrical vault, but 10 customers had no water service.

In Evansville, Indiana, a new water tower near the University of Southern Indiana campus is under construction, and is expected to end decades of water pressure issues during water main breaks on the city’s west side.

Stimulus Spotlight
On the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in today’s New York Times, economic columnist David Leonhardt argues that the U.S. economy would be even worse off the economic stimulus was not passed one year ago. According to the Congressional Budget Office about $200 billion of the $787 billion stimulus was spent in 2009.

The Immokalee Water & Sewer District in Florida has been awarded a $3.156 million grant and a $4.9 million loan in Recovery Act funds to improve and expand the wastewater treatment plant and collection system.

Sewer Rate News
Columbia, South Carolina
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Milwaukie, Oregon
Roanoke, Alabama

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1 Comment »

  1. To learn more about the 20% set aside from the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs for green infrastructure, water efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects under ARRA at the one year mark, check out http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/green-reserve-water-2-10.html


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